How to cultivate mental toughness

4 methods that will help you

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  • In his first 7 trips to the playoffs, he didn’t make it to the Finals.
  • He made it to the Eastern Conference Finals twice, only to be defeated by the Pistons.
  • The media said he wasn’t a champion like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
  • When he came into the league many felt that he wouldn’t have much of an impact because at that time it was a “big man’s” league.

How to cultivate mental toughness

First of all, what is mental toughness? Here’s one definition that explains it well.

“Mental toughness is the ability to resist, manage and overcome doubts, worries, concerns and circumstances that prevent you from succeeding, or excelling at a task or towards an objective or a performance outcome that you set out to achieve.” — mentaltoughnessinc.com

This quote defines why mental toughness is a key ingredient to success. Everyone has doubts, worries, concerns, and circumstances that can prevent you from succeeding. Everyone has them. No one is exempt from this.

  • People don’t learn a language because they don’t feel like studying hard.
  • People don’t learn to play an instrument because they don’t feel like practicing.

Method #1 — Make your bed every morning.

Did you make your bed this morning? If not, why not? You probably didn’t feel like doing it, right?

Method #2 — Do at least 10 pushups as soon as you wake up

When you wake up, the last thing you want to do is exercise. Typically you exercise after you’ve gone through an entire morning routine.

Method #3 — Write out a todo list for the day

This is a big one because you’re setting up your day for more victories. Use an app or write on a sheet of paper all you want to accomplish that day. Every time you complete a task, check it off.

Method #4 — When you’ve accomplished what you’ve set out to accomplish, rest

This item might sound like it would be a hindrance to mental toughness, but that’s not the case. Why?

In Conclusion

Anyone can be mentally tough. It’s not an inherited trait. It’s cultivated. And the benefits of mental toughness are well worth the effort. When you’re mentally tough you can succeed in anything. You want to…

  • Learn to play an instrument?
  • Learn a new skill?
  • Master a skill?
  • Start a successful business?

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